Repeal emergency medical treatment law

Published: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Re “State's health exchange needs new Latino focus” (Editorials, Jan. 20): With passage of the Affordable Care Act, there is no need for the Emergency Medical and Active Labor Act that President Ronald Reagan signed into law in 1986. This law touted to prevent “patient dumping” opened hospitals’ emergency rooms to the poor and indigent for free treatment. Hospitals recovered the costs from those who have the ability to pay. As long as the Ronald Reagan’s law is in effect, some people will not purchase health insurance. I urge all state congressional representatives to repeal this law. It triggered the enormous health insurance increases that brought us to the condition we are in today. When all people in this country are insured, the costs of health care will go down.

-- Martin Marovich, Rocklin

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